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Weeknight Ricotta Gnocchi

Homemade gnocchi is the kind of pasta that comes together in a literal pinch! Great for beginners and for all-hands family cooking— this recipe is the perfect introduction to homemade pasta making.

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Gather Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Line a large sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Fill a large pot 1/2 way with water, and place it over medium heat. Gently bring it to a boil while you prepare the gnocchi.

Step 3

In a large bowl, add the ricotta, eggs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix to combine (a wooden spoon or rubber spatula works best for mixing, or of course, clean hands!)

Step 4

Gradually add the flour, starting with 1/2 cup at a time until all of it is combined into the dough. It will be sticky—this is ok!

Step 5

Flour your countertop or a cutting board, where you’ll be rolling and cutting the gnocchi.

Step 6

Using your hands, scoop a ball of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll it into a ball with your hands and then onto the floured surface. Using your palms and fingers, roll it into a log about the thickness of an adult finger. Dust the dough with flour if it continues to stick.

Step 7

Using a paring knife or a bench scraper (dough cutter), cut the dough into 1/2 inch pieces (the dough will expand when it cooks.) Place the cut pieces onto the floured sheet pan and repeat this until all the dough is prepared.

Step 8

When the water comes to a boil, it’s ready to cook the gnocchi. In small batches, using a slotted spoon or a spider, lower the gnocchi into the water. It will cook quickly, in about 2 – 3 minutes. When it floats to the surface of the water, it is done.

Step 9

Again using a slotted spoon or a spider, carefully remove the cooked gnocchi from the water. Add the gnocchi to a warm skillet of tomato sauce or melted butter while you cook the remaining batches. Top with more parmesan and serve.


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